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Shocking images as Man City and Chelsea fans brawl in Porto ahead of the Champions League final

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Shocking images show brawls between Man City and Chelsea fans as they gather in Porto ahead of the Champions League final.

Hundreds of fans are already in Portugal for Saturday’s big game featuring the two English teams.

City and Chelsea fans brawl in Porto ahead of the Champions League final

City and Chelsea fans brawl in Porto ahead of the Champions League final credit: PA
Young lads scrap outside bars in the Portuguese city

Young lads scrap outside bars in the Portuguese city credit: AP
Two thugs slug it out in broad daylight in Porto

Two thugs slug it out in broad daylight in Porto
Riot cops with batons break up fights between the two fans

Riot cops with batons break up fights between the two fans credit: AP
Two groups of fans scuffle outside a boozer on Friday

Two groups of fans scuffle outside a boozer on Friday

However, tempers have boiled over as supporters booze at local bars in the city.

One clip shows two small groups of fans scuffling outside a boozer including two lads who exchange punches and kicks.

Others at the bar throw drinks at each other before police officers with batons disperse the crowd.

Pictures from earlier on Friday also show fans brawling in the centre of Porto before the European Cup final.

A number of supporters were not aware of the strict 10.30pm drinking curfew to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reports the Mirror.

Riot police threaten rowdy fans with batons

Riot police threaten rowdy fans with batons
Cops were out in force today in Porto

Cops were out in force today in Porto Credit: AFP
A shirtless man covered in tattoos speaks to police officers

A shirtless man covered in tattoos speaks to police officers credit: The Sun
Fans kick chairs and throw beer ahead of the big game

Fans kick chairs and throw beer ahead of the big game credit: PA
Fans gathered in the city ahead of the big game on Saturday

Fans gathered in the city ahead of the big game on SaturdayCredit: AFP
Tempers flared in Porto today between Chelsea and City fans

Tempers flared in Porto today between Chelsea and City fans credit: The Sun
Police with batons try to calm fans outside a bar

Police with batons try to calm fans outside a bar Credit: AFP
Rowdy fans clashed in shameful scenes

Rowdy fans clashed in shameful scenes Credit: AFP
One lad throws beer on another fan as he squares off in the city

One lad throws beer on another fan as he squares off in the city credit: PA

People were involved in clashes with police officers, it has been reported.

Two fans were reportedly injured after shameful clashes near Porto’s Sao Bento railway station and in the city’s riverside quarter.

A witness said: “It was pretty minor – some people wanted another drink and the police were determined to move people on and back to their hotels.

“There was no trouble between Chelsea and City fans.”

A shirtless man in Porto as riot officers with shields disperse the crowd

A shirtless man in Porto as riot officers with shields disperse the crowd credit: Reuters
This is Man City's first Champions League final

This is Man City’s first Champions League final credit: Reuters

Trouble is also said to have flared after City fans started taunting holidaying Manchester United fans whose team had just gone out on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

Manchester City brushed aside PSG in the semi-finals to reach their first ever Champions League final.

Chelsea beat 13-times European champions Real Madrid to book their place in the last round – which is their third appearance in a CL final since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

UEFA moved the big match from Istanbul to Portugal to allow English fans to travel due to the surging number of cases in Turkey.

Police commander Paula Peneda told reporters authorities were expecting many English fans without a ticket in the city on Saturday but could not specify a number.

Officials said they could not stop fans moving around because British tourists are now allowed in and out of Portugal if they present a negative PCR test.

A football fan was seen on Thursday night covered in blood

A football fan was seen on Thursday night covered in blood credit: The Sun
Trouble flared after United lost on penalties

Trouble flared after United lost on penalties Credit: Filipe Farinha/Stills/Expresso
However no serious injuries were reported

However, no serious injuries were reported credit: Filipe Farinha/Stills/Expresso

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